Rick Warren and Pope Benedict XVI
In pursuit of the truth – www.cinopsbegone.com – Sunday, July 19, 2009
This is my sermon for the day! Let it minister to you in person, and when it has; endeavor to share with others!
You will enjoy the new insights that Rick Warren has, with his wife now having cancer and him having ‘wealth’ from the book sales.
This is an absolutely incredible short interview with Rick Warren, ‘Purpose Driven Life” author and pastor of Saddleback Church in California…
In the interview by Paul Bradshaw with Rick Warren Rick said:
People ask me, What is the purpose of life? AND I RESPOND IN A NUTSHELL, LIFE IS A PREPARATION FOR ETERNITY. We are not made to last forever, and GOD WANTS US TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER IN HEAVEN.
One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body – but not the end of me. I may live 60 to 100 years on earth,
BUT I AM GOING TO SPEND TRILLIONS OF YEARS IN ETERNITY.
This is the warm-up – the dress rehearsal.
GOD WANTS US TO PRACTICE ON EARTH WHAT WE WILL DO FOREVER IN ETERNITY...
We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn’t going to make sense. Life is a series of problems: you are in one now, you’re coming out of one, or you are getting ready to go into another one.
THE REASON FOR THIS IS THAT GOD IS MORE INTERESTED IN YOUR CHARACTER THAN YOUR COMFORT: GOD IS MORE INTERESTED IN MAKING YOUR LIFE HOLY THAN HE IS IN MAKING YOUR LIFE HAPPY.
We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that’s not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.
This past year has been the greatest year of my life, but also the toughest, with my wife Kay, getting cancer.
I used to thin that life was hill and valleys – you go through a dark time, then you go to the mountain top bath and forth. I don’t believe that anymore.
Rather than life being hills and valleys, I believe that it’s a kind of two rails on a railroad track, and at times you have something good and something bad in life,,,
No matter how good things are in your life, there is always something bad that needs to be worked on. And no matter how bad things are in your life, there is always something good you can thank God for…
Pope Benedict XVI’s Meditation of July (11th) is most appropriate with the above:
Each one has been willed by God and has his own proper place in life. There is, for each one a meaning and a role in the universe, and our lives will be all the more replete and happy, the more we realize this meaning, the more we incorporate this will into our lives and are one with it,,, “What kind of will is this?” … Each one is unique, never to be repeated, and willed by God precisely as he is.
For each there is a special call. And only if we live attentively in conversation and dialogue with God can we know why He needs in such an apparently insignificant position and why we are , precisely in that position, so immeasurably important….
… a young woman in Nazareth, fishermen on the Lake of Genessaret – became immeasurably significant. It is not always so evident, yet God wants each of us, He needs each one of us, so that His world may become what He wants it to be.
George H. Kubeck